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Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders Opens

UVI 2010 Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders opens today (Tuesday, May 18), on the University's St. Thomas campus. The institute brings together 40 students from 16 countries and 22 university campuses in the Caribbean and the U.S mainland for two weeks of intensive study. This year's theme is "Managing Natural Disasters: A Call for Future Global Leaders."

One of this year's highlights, according to Institute Director Dr. Solomon S. Kabuka, will be the participation of seven students from Haiti. Their input should prove especially relevant in forum sections that will focus on managing natural disasters.

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Mark Walters, executive director of the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the institute's official opening ceremonies. The institute will also feature student round-table discussions and workshops. Formal sessions will focus on the global business environment, cross-cultural communication, global tourism, social challenges and managing natural disasters. The students will also participate in field trips to St. John and the Virgin Islands Legislature.

Public Invited to World Forum, Magens Fellowship Day

A highlight of the institute is the World Forum Debate, which is slated for Monday, May 31, at the UVI Administration and Conference Center. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 31. The World Forum will follow the United Nations format, with students taking the roles of representatives from different countries debating a topic of world importance. Their topic of debate will be: "Developed nations should shoulder the responsibility for managing natural disasters."

Another public activity of the institute will be the Fellowship with African Families and Global Leaders Alumni scheduled for 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at Magens Bay. Dr. Kabuka encouraged the entire Virgin Islands community to come out and meet the institute's students.

For more information, contact Miriam Welderufael at 693-1309 or send email to mwelder@uvi.edu.